WRITER'S GUIDELINES

 

 


We hope our Writer's Guidelines will give you a sense of what we're looking for...
humorous greeting card and notepad ideas that appeal to a range of ages & interests.

TALK IT UP
Because cards and pads are sent from one person to another as a greeting or message, they should read the way people really talk. When you write a line, imagine that you're speaking to a family member or friend. Then ask yourself, "Would I buy this card to send to these people?"
MAKE IT FUNNY

If you find yourself wondering whether a line is funny or not, read it to a few friends and see if they laugh. From a creative perspective, go wild! Keep in mind your target list of people you send cards to. Make sure your ideas are sendable - not only to friends and family, but also general enough to send to lots of people. In other words, don't be too specific!
A PICTURE IS WORTH A 1000 WORDS...BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRAW!

Cards that depend on a visual or photo are becoming a significant part of our line. It is not necessary to draw your visuals, but you do have to be able to describe them in words. Keep it short and understandable.
A REASON TO SEND A CARD

Card ideas need to be written for these occasions: Birthday, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th & 60th,  Relative Birthday, Belated Birthday, Get Well, Good-Bye, Miss You & Thank You, Love, Wedding, New Baby, Anniversary (from friend to couple), Congratulations & Retirement.
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 Caution! We reject the following:
PUNS, GROSS IDEAS, MEAN IDEAS, LENGTHY POETRY or PROSE, NARROWLY FOCUSED IDEAS. (ie: new baby for quintuplets)
MAKE IT EASY
Using the following format will help everyone in the review process.
   Use 3x5 file cards: 1 idea on each. Type, or print carefully
   Indicate Outside of card with (O) and Inside of card with (I).       
   Include your name and address on the back of every 3x5 card.

                                 
SUBMIT IDEAS TO:  Oatmeal Studios                   FOR EMAIL FORMAT GUIDELINES:
                                   P.O. Box 138WP                    contact: dawn@oatmealstudios.com
                                   Rochester, VT 05767
                                   Attn: Editorial Dept.
RETURN OF IDEAS
Include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) inside your "submissions envelope". Make sure your "return" envelope is large enough and has enough postage to return all your work. Please let us know if you do not want your ideas returned.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST,
Your ideas must be original! Hope this has been helpful. We're anxious to see your work!

 

 
 

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